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CINE 202 v1 IS
Cinema Survey 2: 1945 to 21st Century

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Dave Nichols

Instructor name:
Dr. Michelle Emanuel

Instructor Information:
Head of Cataloging and Selector for Media and Modern Languages, University of Mississippi Libraries.

I am a native of Birmingham, Alabama but I have worked in the library at Ole Miss since 2002. My Ph.D. is in French literature, so this means I have a tendency to overpronounce things, so I will apologize in advance.

I served as a co-director of the Oxford Film Festival from 2005-2015.

Contact Information:

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Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the course itself or the films mentioned. Email correspondence is preferred. You can expect a turnaround time of 24 hours to any email you send. If you are in Oxford and would like to stop by to chat, my cubicle is in the J.D. Williams Library, on the second floor (near Starbucks) where I am Head of Cataloging. I generally work Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., but since I am occasionally away from my desk, it is best to schedule an appointment if you can. Phone messages left after 5:00 p.m. will not be heard until the next working day.

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Course Description

This course represents a survey of the film industry from the end of World War II in 1945 through the beginning of the 21st century, from the development of television into the digital era.

By examining international trends and changes to industry conditions such as production, distribution, and exhibition, the student acquires a contextual understanding of the medium of film and its genres: drama and comedy, documentary and experimental.

Textbook Information:

Movie History: a Survey / Douglas Gomery, Clara Pafort-Overduin. Routledge, 2011.
(Chapters 1-8)
Note: This text is also used in CINE 201.
ISBN-13: 978-0415775458 ISBN-10: 0415775450

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Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. treat a film as a cultural text, understanding the work as a document with great historical and sociological significance
  2. apply the origins and development of cinema, major film movements and film theories, and the particular workings of the industry to understand films from around the world.
Course Outline:

This course consists of 7 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Course Introduction
  1. Read syllabus
  2. Watch introductory video
  3. Syllabus Quiz
  4. Add Photo to Your Profile
  5. Introductions Discussion Board

Chapter 9: Television, wide-screen, and color

  1. Open Book Quiz 9
  2. Film Questionnaire 9

Chapter 10: A transformation of Hollywood movie-making

  1. Open Book Quiz 10
  2. Film Questionnaire 10
  3. Discussion 2: Mid-course Journal Entry
Mid Course Exam

The midterm exam covers chapters 9 and 10 and is entirely composed of questions recycled from the Open Book Quizzes.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Chapter 11: The European art-cinema alternative

  1. Open Book Quiz 11
  2. Film Questionnaire 11

Chapter 12: Alternative film industries: the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Japan (selections)

Assignments are combined with Lesson 5

Chapter 13: Contemporary World Cinema History: 1977 and Beyond (selections)

  1. Open Book Quiz 12-13
  2. Film Questionnaire 12-13

Chapter 14: Hollywood Thrives

  1. Open Book Quiz 14
  2. Film Questionnaire 14
  3. Discussion 3: Completion Journal Entry
Final Exam

The final exam covers chapters 11-14 and is entirely composed of questions recycled from the Open Book Quizzes.

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit



This course uses the University of Mississippi's Plus/Minus grading scale. This scale includes the grades A (93-100%), A- (90-92%), B+ (87-89%), B (83-86%), B- (80-82%), C+ (77-79%), C (73-76%), C- (70-72%), D (60-69%), and F (Below 60%), in addition to W (withdraw) and I (Incomplete). Note: extra credit assignments are not offered.


The grading distribution is as follows:

Open Book Quizzes
Film Questionnaires
Discussion Questions
Midterm Exam
Final Exam

Note: Quizzes and tests are machine-graded, but the grading of Film Questionnaires or Discussion Questions may take up to 5 working days.


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